With certain subjects the Sigma DP1 really shines, it’s a quirky little camera with it’s own image style, doesn’t hold highlights too well, can capture a lot of detail, great for woodland images, and photos in diffused light.
Last week I went to The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire with some old friends that I’ve known since the early 1960’s. The lens on my Olympus EPL1 has given up the ghost, it’s a fault with an internal ribbon cable according to the web, and quite common, so I took my old Olympus E620 along instead, it’s a bit noisier at higher iso’s but it didn’t do too badly.
Speed 14 Saloon.
Gas turbine Prototype.
I have a bit of a soft spot for Rovers, I had a 1953 Rover 75 in the late 1970’s, exactly the same as the one in the picture above, and in the 1980’s I worked at an electrical engineering factory that made gas turbines.
1932 -16hp coupe.
1935 Airline, love the style of this one, so elegant.
James Bond XKR, there have been a few times when I wished I had one of these on the roof of my car.
1950 Daimler “Green Goddess” coupe, and a bit of a selfie.
It was a great day out with good company.
I haven’t been out taking photographs very much these last few weeks, we have had such a lot of rain, and on the good days I’ve been trying to catch up with tidying the garden.
At the end of September I met up with the PhotoBuddies to have a look at some new street art in a subway that runs under a busy road junction in the city, not a place I would normally wander around on my own. I took a digital camera with me (Olympus E620) luckily the weather was really good.
The street art has really brightened up what was a dismal area.
Fleur With Feather
Olympus E620 Digital Camera – PP in Silver Efex.
Fleur had proudly captured this feather. Image taken earlier this year in my garden.
Stranger On The Shore
Not the instrumental by Acker Bilk (those of a certain age will remember) not even a stranger, but one of my PhotoBuddies admiring the view.
Yesterday me and the PhotoBuddies (and a PhotoBuddies wife) went on an excursion to the Lincolnshire Coast near Theddlethorpe St. Helen. The weather forecast had been less than promising but the sun shone all the time we were there, it was a lovely warm day in a great location. After the visit we went into the nearby seaside resort of Mablethorpe for Fish & Chips and a look around the town, the Fish & Chips were really good. This morning I had to apply aftersun cream as my head resembled a ripening tomato. I took along a couple of film cameras too, and hopefully will have some images from those to post soon.
It’s been unseasonably hot the last couple of days, 26 deg C / 78 deg, it feels much warmer. I thought it was about time I tackled some of the pruning that I have been putting off for far too long. With the strange weather we have had this year the garden has in parts gone into overdrive. To relieve the boredom I took a few quick photo’s with my old Olympus E400 and Zuiko 35mm macro lens.
The Lavender has really gone berserk this year, good for the Bee’s though.
Still some buds on the Roses.
They are trying their best to take over the garden this year.
Liked By The Bees
The visiting cat is getting a bit cheeky. At 4 am on Saturday morning I felt a gentle nuzzling on my eyebrow, it was the Black & White lad wanting some breakfast. He comes in everyday now and occasionally has a sleep over! my two cats fortunately are quite tolerant of him most of the time. During the day on Saturday I was working on the front garden, I went in to make myself a cup of coffee and as I looked back to the open front door there was a mother cat and two tiny kittens. The mother cat (long haired very dark Tortoiseshell) has been sneaking in and clearing all the cat food dishes (she’s very wary), I leave a bit of extra food down for her as I’m sure that feeding two little ones she needs it.
The times I’ve passed by Huntingdon on the A14 on my way to Stanstead Airport and said to myself I must stop off and visit this place. Well yesterday along with my PhotoBuddies we did. A couple of weeks back we dropped off one of the PhotoBuddies old Apple Mac’s at a repair specialist just the other side of Cambridge (it’s great to have a car again) We collected the newly refurbished Mac and stopped off at Huntingdon on the way home. I took a film camera with me and my digital Sigma DP1, these are some quick snaps from the Sigma.
It was the sight of this lovely medieval bridge that made me want to visit Huntingdon. The old bridge was built in the 1330’s and was the main crossing point of the Roman Ermine Street. Huntingdon was also the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell.
The Slightly Less Lovely A14 Bridge !
The A14 has some major roadworks at the moment and 40mph average speed camera restrictions. It carries a lot of traffic and is one of the main routes to the ferry port of Felixstowe
This derelict house fronts onto the river (The Ouse) The garden was overgrown and has become a bit of a haven for wildlife, It’s earmarked for redevelopment. It saddens me that so many areas throughout the country are built on without any regard for nature, I fear we might regret this later on.
Overgrown Jetty’s In front of the Old House
A bit of messing about in Analog efex pro.
There are some lovely old buildings in the old town, it really deserves a much longer visit.
All in all a great day out in a lovely old town. I’ll post the film images when I get them processed.
Went out with the PhotoBuddies last Thursday (27-06-19) for our second mini road trip, just a few miles from the last one. The weather was just right 22C. – 71F. we haven’t had the heatwave that most of Europe has been experiencing although it did nudge 30C. 86F. on Saturday.
We drove out to Beacon Hill (wiki link), a place I haven’t been to for years.
View From The Beacon
Looking towards Loughborough and Nottingham. A bit of a panorama shot on my Olympus EPL1.
Took this one with my phone.
Beacon Marker and Viewpoint
Another Phone image.
I believe this was carved by a local artist, Peter Leadbeater.
Tree & Rocks
Just liked the natural colours and shapes on these.
According to the information board the rocks on this site are about 600 million years old, some of the oldest exposed rocks in England and Wales, David Attenborough (grew up in Leicestershire) mentioned them in one of his programmes.
That black spec upper left is a Bee !
Black & White
Sit A While
There’s a nice wooded area as you head down towards the car park.
Yet another place to pay a return visit to. I also took an old 6×6 film camera with me. and last night I mixed up some Ilford ID11 developer, I like to leave it for a couple of days so it’s not so fierce. Will probably develop the film on the weekend, hopefully some shots will turn out.
This Morning !
The summer weather seems to be bypassing us this year, though according to the latest weather forecast it should brighten up on Thursday, good job as I’m out with the PhotoBuddies.
#2 of last weeks outing to Bradgate Park, I thought the images suited converting to Black & White.
This old tree reminded me of a dancer.
If Summer ever arrives I’m looking forward to photographing more of the park, It would be good to give the old Rolleiflex an outing.
Now I have my new set of wheels I went out for a drive with my PhotoBuddies to Bradgate Park (interesting Wiki link) It’s been ages since I last visited the park, and I really missed going there.
I took along a film camera and my old Olympus E620 Digital with the standard zoom. We were lucky with the weather yesterday, well it was dry and warm at least. It’s been like late autumn over the last few weeks (it is today) dull and wet, will we ever have a summer this year ?
Tree & Dry Stone Wall
I suppose the one plus point for having so much rain recently is that everything is very green and fresh looking.
Dry Stone Wall Detail
Some of the exposed rocks in the park are an incredible 560 million years old.
There are some lovely old trees in the park and I can’t resist photographing them, I’ll put them in the next post.